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now, the president and inspector general of amtrak and the united transportation union testified before congress. they discussed recovering $20 million in overpayments and the company's restructuring plan. from the house transportation and infrastructure committee. this is about two hours. >> good morning. i would like to call this hearing of the house transportation infrastructure committee to order. >> we are pleased to conduct this full committee oversight hearing on amtrak and today -- the title of today's hearing is getting back on track, a review of amtrak's structural reorganization. so welcome and we'll have -- we have one panel of witnesses today. and the order of business will be that i will start with an opening statement, provide some background, and will yield to mr. cummings this morning, and other members who wish to be heard, then we'll turn to our witnesses. we'll hear from all of them and then go to questions. pleased to welcome, again, everyone this morning. now, this is one of a number, we have actually held fourth in a series of full committee oversight heari
that examines the operations of our primary transportation long distance and high-speed carrier which is amtrak and as you know, i have been one of the most vocal critics of amtrak and its operation but guy consider myself one of the strongest proponents of high-speed rail, inner-city passenger service, commuter and mass transit in the congress and in the united states but what we want our projects that make sense for the taxpayers, what we want our projects that operate where we have the greatest need and the lowest subsidization by the federal government for those activities but today we will focus almost entirely on the northeast corridor where we started comment and let me make a few comments about that. first, i have to say that the history of amtrak, attempting to provide high-speed rail in the northeast corridor, has been sort of a horrible history and maybe i can highlight some of the problems we have had. i don't want to just focus on the problems we have had but you have to learn by your experience. first, the original intent to develop high-speed rail, we came up with the a solo proj
to release who or what was to blame in day deadly amtrak crash. the national transportation safety board is holding a hearing now. in june of last year the california zephyr was bound from chicago tomorrow ville at a crossing a truck slammed into the train six killed, 70 injured. monitoring equipment indicate the train's whistle, crossing lights and guard all worked some witnesses say they didn't there are lawsuits against amtrak and union pacific. >>> talks resume this afternoon to end weeklong strike keeping crab fishermen out of the water. negotiations to end the dispute brock off yesterday. crab -- broke off yesterday. beateners were getting $3 a pound before thanksgiving. >>> michigan lawmakers have taken the final step toward returning traditional pro union stronghold into a right to work stay katie marzullo is live in the newsroom with the latest. >> reporter: to bring this home, california is not a right to work state. unions here can make workers join and pay dues. michigan going in the opposite direction, less than two hours ago the house passed right to work legislation, affec
of this time. passenger rail has been in place since 1994 we have partnered from the state level with amtrak and in our state in a collaborative approach to an incremental delivery of high and higher speed real programs and service. we see the implementation of a national vision as an important part of what we are trying to deliver. we have a corridor between eugene, oregon, and vancouver, british columbia. we have achieved in the last year up to 880,000 passengers and our growth is increasing year over year. we have invested over former to $80 million in the capital and operations and amtrak cascade which is what we call our program. it was not until the recovery act came that we were able to make significant capital and press structure improvement on the rail itself, pink, double tracking. all those amenities double benefit high and higher speed rail and more frequent service for passenger rail also has ancillary benefits to our freight rail a in our state. we are very trade dependent and one of the things we are careful about in not only updating our passenger rail program and plan for th
caused a deadly crash involving a bay area bound amtrak train what we could learn in hours. [ female announcer ] martinelli's gold medal sparkling cider is the perfect choice for holiday gatherings. martinelli's is non-alcoholic, festive like champagne, and tastes great! martinelli's: since 1868. >>> federal investigators expected to release who or what was to blame in day deadly amtrak crash. the national transportation safety board is holding a hearing now. in june of last year the california zephyr was bound from chicago tomorrow ville at a crossing a truck slammed into the train six killed, 70 injured. monitoring equipment indicate the train's whistle, crossing lights and guard all worked some witnesses say they didn't there are lawsuits against amtrak and union pacific. >>> talks resume this afternoon to end weeklong strike keeping crab fishermen out of the water. negotiations to end the dispute brock off yesterday. crab -- broke off yesterday. beateners were getting $3 a pound before thanksgiving. >>> michigan lawmakers have taken the final step toward returning traditional pro
where we have partnered from the state level with amtrak, and in our state, burlington northern santa fe, in a collaborative approach to an incremental delivery of high and higher speed rail programs and service. so as we've been investing over the years, we see the implementation in the creation of a national vision as a very important part of what we are trying to deliver. we have a 460-mile corridor between eugene, oregon, and vancouver, british columbia. we have achieved in the last year up to 850 passengers, 50,000 passengers, and our growth is increasing year over year in the 10% rate. we have in our state invested over $480 million in capital and operations in amtrak cascades, which is what we call our program. but it wasn't until the recovery act came that we're able to make significant capital infrastructure improvements on the rail itself. sightings, double tracking, positive train control, all those amenities that will benefit high and higher speed rail, and more frequent service or passenger rail also has ancillary benefits to our freight rail and freight movement in our stat
had to take the train. i usually fly. and the plane was quite expensive this year. >> amtrak set an all-time record for passengers this past thanksgiving and over this past year as a whole. a spokesperson said starting this last thursday it added extra passenger scars to is train. it won't go back to normal capacity until january 2nd. although train ridership is growing, it isn't for everyone. milton said there's no way he would ride amtrak to visit his family all the way to ohio. >> it takes too long. a 13-hour trip to cincinnati. >> according to aaa driving is the number one way people travel during christmas time. it seems that trains are gaining a little bit this year. locally flying is up but nationally it is down. it looks some of those folks have chosen to take the train instead. >> thank you for that. we've been asking the question -- are we going to get a white christmas? >> some people were asking it. some people were hoping. i'm not. >> the chances for a white christmas ar going to look for a wintery mix during the day tomorrow that w
it is embarrassing to compared government funding for amtrak with u.s. government funding for domestic aviation and highway speed passenger >> to build and maintain one of the best highways systems in the world, we've spent $114 billion and built it over 45 years and today it would be $126 billion. con jex on our roads are at historic levels and by 2020 urban interstates will be at or over capacity. and anyone who has had the pleasure of flying recently they know the problems that plag our nation's airport ch airports, in fact, in spite of all this amtrak carries more riders from new york to boston than all other airlines put together. 50% of people that travel this distance. and between washington d.c. and new york city, amtrak carries twice as many passengers as all airlines come bind. today it carries 75% of inner city travel letters between new york and washington. amtrak has done all this with the threat of funding cuts and privatization especially of the profitable northeast corridor hanging over its head. we know that in other parts of the world privatization of hig
in the past hearing on amtrak and its organization, and reorganization attempts. i think dating back to 2005 and most recently. the purpose of these hearings is not to micromanage. sometimes people say, i get a little bit into the weeds, but to impact hopefully influence policy which we're responsible for legislation that accounts for important responsibility under our transportation portfolio. that is making certain that the united states is in the business of business regarding rail and conducting that activity for passengers and freight in a responsible manner. at this committee's level we have responsibility over amtrak, our significant and really only passenger and franchised operator in the united states so we focus quite bit on that agency. and as you know, for 40 years or more, we have subsidized that operation for more than a billion dollars a year, and we are also faced with the subsidizing high-speed rail and that has been a $10 billion investment that has been made by this administration, and also by the congress. american recovery stimulus dollars, 8 billion, and then several bi
, we will hear testimony from the head of amtrak and new jersey transit. this is about 45 minutes. >> we know that you have so much on your hands. the one thing i want to make sure it's -- make certain we understood is the magnitude of the support teams that came in from all over the country. the fact that it took some time to get things going. the devastation was so enormous that when we look back, a lot was done in a relatively short time. you each have major transportation responsibilities and we are glad to have you as experts testifying so you can keep your statements within five minutes, we will allow you a couple of seconds, but otherwise, i would ask you do that. did it amtrac get a new name? what are we calling the organization? >> the infrastructure and a investment development line for the northeast? the official title? >> good old and track. >> america's railroad. >> i would like to acknowledge the deputy transportation -- dead -- that before transportation. we have testimony and i would ask that the place in the record. coming from where each of you has had to be in t
and around the country that our number one goal should be, as you may know, amtrak bones, the government people own, have an interest in 600 miles of track between washington d.c. our nation's capital, philadelphia, new york city, boston, the most congested corridor in the united states of america, that is the only 600 miles that we really own. we another small stretches around the commuter -- all the rest of amtrak service, over 20,000 miles of private freight rail. i see the main rail people in the audience and they have concerns too about using theirs and not having dedicated them and we need to address that issue as we move forward. final point is northeast quarter is where we should be putting the focus. give the administration credit for at least taking the money that has been turned back dedicating so that to the northeast quarter but we are doing it in a piecemeal, half baked fashion. the northeast corridor, every state, every major area can benefit by bringing high-speed rail to the northeast corridor. 70% of our air traffic delays emanate from the northeast corridor even when w
tonight? we'll bring you that story when ke come back. >> a truck driver gets the blame for a fatal amtrak accident if acting just two seconds faster would it not have hatched. >> a hit uc berkeley tonight. a million dollar endowment to help undocumented students make it through college. abc 7 news at 6:00 continue >>> in washington another day and another step closer to that fiscal cliff. at this point it's hard to tell if there is any progress in the negotiations. and judging by public statements made by the speaker, it does not look good. abc 7 news mark matthews is here with word on what we're not seeing. >> yes. we heard speaker boehner called the president this evening to make a counter offer to the president's latest offer, when abc 7 news at 4:00 we talked about inside game@ú4d versus the outside gam. the out side game is played for leverage. inside is where real negotiations are taking place. >> in okay gress the american people have be scratching their heads and wondering when is the president going to get serious? >> democratic leader took the floor. >> he said he's willing to
, and that costs money. southwest says the new policy could boost revenue by as much as $175 million a year. amtrak makes tracks with a new fleet of high-speed trains. early next year, amtrak will start the process of replacing its 20 high speed acela express trains. the goal is more frequent high-speed service on the northeast corridor. that translates into a 96-minute trip between washington d.c. and new york city. the real-estate broker trick of baking apples with cinnamon to help sell a house may be outdated. simply put, simple scents work best, and apparently that goes for any selling environment. the business school at washington state university found the subtle scent of orange by itself increased sales 20% in stores. but when mixed in a complex blend of basil and green tea, researchers say it becomes a distraction for shoppers, trying to figure it all out. the same goes for lemon, pine and cinnamon. as with many things, keep it simple. coming up, what ski resort operators are doing to get business drifting their way. but first, from cocaine king to a hot dog stand man. bill moller joins us
approved the amtrak strategic plan, which included the creation of the infrastructure development business line. in february of 2012, fra launched the northeast corridor future, an initiative to prepare the scoreboard, which was necessary for us to move forward with. by july, and track -- and you were there and the rap sheet that -- amtrak was a signature sponsor and participant for high-speed rail and was the first to take place in the united states. we also updated and integrated the high-speed rail division with the northeast corridor master plan, and the completed the northeast corridor business and finance plan at that point. this past september, using the accel express equipment, we operated at speeds of 165 miles an hour to demonstrate that we can do those speeds in several locations along the corridor for improvement. this morning to not what i want to tell you is that we are not going to add any additional trains or cars to the accels that we have an originally planned. they were too expensive, and what we need to do is replace them with a new set of trains and equipment, and our
amtrak. and while southwest airlines will get you there much faster, it could cost you 5-times as much to fly. >>> how hard does the 49ers' quarterback throw a football? randy moss is going to show you! and why are the warriors celebrating so hard? they're off to their best st in 20 ye >>> so far the warriors are the biggest surprise in basketball! at 15-7, they're off to their best start in 20 years! what better way to measure your progress than to take on the champs? king james is not getting the royal treatment, that's for sure! david lee threw him to the floor! lebron still finished with 31. warriors down by 4. stephen curry, the last two points. >> final 7 seconds of the game. 5, 3. inside and green! with 0.90 left! [ cheering and applause ] >> and the warriors beat the heat! >> how can you have your pudding if you don't beat the heat! >>> randy moss dislocated his finger on this play against the bears a couple weeks ago. he spoke with the media. >> he dislocated my finger! [ laughter ] >> we had to put one of them randy johnson fastballs on me. when it hit my finger, i felt it p
kids play and the other one he signed a bill so that you can carry a gun on amtrak. >> reporter: let's look at the assault weapons ban. we had one in the country for ten years. every single weapon used by the shooter in connecticut would have been okay under the old assault weapons law. >> all right. so fix it. >> reporter: isn't it hard to define what is an assault weapon because it is so easy to write around, for manufacturers to create weapons that -- >> if it can fire a lot of bullets quickly. that's a good place to start. >> reporter: hunters would say -- >> let's say three. if you haven't hit the deer with three shots. you are a lousy shot and the deer deserves to get away. let's get serious here. >> that would ban most pistols. >> pistols are different. you have to pull the trigger each time. an assault weapon you hold and it goes -- >> those are fully automatic weapons. >> if you have a big magazining you will solve your problem. you still have to pull a trigger. but 30, 20, 10 bullets before you run out, i would suggest the deer, god wants that deer to. >> according to gun o
including money for salmon fisheries in alaska, new cars for the government and expansion project for amtrak. >>> southwest airlines has a new fee. next, why you want to get to the airport on time. >>> why a p every time someone chooses finish over cascade, it sparks a movement. because people can't keep it to themselves. look ! no ugly spots ! awesome! incredible shine. i'm switching for good. love, love, love finish! over a million people have switched to finish. visit us on facebook. . >>> good morning. tuesday morning, chilly out there, as you look at the embarcadero, dry. only going to be that way a couple more days. mike will tell you more, coming up. >>> westfield shopping center will be open after a small scare last night. a fire broke out at a restaurant on the 4th floor. the restaurant inside the mall on market street was evacuated while crews put out the fire. investigators are trying to determine the cause. >>> proponents of new women's jail in santa clara county have more support. rising water levels from last week's king tides disrupted operations over the weekend. high water l
by an amtrak train. this have happened just after 11:30 between big break and the accident appears to have been an accident. the train had just left oakland and there were 92 passengers at the time. no one was injured. in oakland, at least two pedestrians were hurt in a car crash near foothill boulevard this afternoon. one of the people was pinned under a car following the crash which happened at about 1:00. one of the cars the silver mercedes ended you on the sidewalk. police are investigating and there's no word on then cans of the e pedestrians who were hurt. >>> now to washington where house republicans abruptly canceled the vote on the gop fiscal cliff back up plan. house speaker john boehner said it did not have suffer votes to pass. lawmakers now have 11 days to avoid tax increases on all taxpayers along with across the board cuts in programs. speaker boehner said he plans to call the president and try to hammer something out. no action is expected until after christmasful. >> some positive economic news as u.s. home sales jumped to the highest levels in three days. the national associat
way and in this case a mud side caused a train derailment. amtrak trains running north of seattle are canceled at least through tomorrow. >>> yesterday the big story was fog. now that has all lifted. it's sunny out and it's relatively warm for december. >> for now. we're in the 60s. 61 degrees, about as warm as we'll get all day. the winds are going to kick up. i have some gusts to show you that are already topping 30 miles an hour in spots. a mix of clouds and sunshine. still pretty nice and breezy, too as temperatures will be dropping off into the upper 50s by 3:00. low 50s by 5:00 as cooler air works its way in. tonight we're in the 40s for the evening hours and 30s overnight. 37 by tomorrow monk in town with -- morning in town with 32 in the suburbs. satellite and radar show the sunshine earlier. the clouds left the showers in the mountains but they're advancing just about to d.c. still southern maryland, eastern shore a decent amount of sunshine. and temperatures responding. 61 at national airport. fredricksburg 62. original in the 40s in cumberland and 32 in oakland. we need
screenings. amtrak tonight also reports no major delays for passengers. >>> for people traveling by car, patience might be the most important thing to tag along. take along that is. traffic along north and southbound interstate 95 has lots of congestion this weekend. but no major accidents are reported at this hour. aaa says more than 93 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more this holiday weekend. >>> with time running out democrats and republicans have retreated no their home bases with no signs that they'll close a deal to end the fiscal cliff crisis. taxes for 90% of us will go up in days unless an agreement is reached. president barack obama is now in hawaii for christmas with his family. yesterday, he urged the congress to adopt a stopgap measure to keep benefits flowing to unemployed workers that prevent taxes from rising on income under $250,000 a year. house speaker john boehner, he's home in cincinnati tonight. he failed the get mobs of his -- to get members of his own party to support the plan b. proposal for ending the crisis. today boehner was blaming democrats
to check with your carrier before you head to the airport. and the roads, well, let's talk about amtrak first. trains are crowded but there are no significant delays going in and out of union station. the rail service is adding cars to many of their trains but they don't plan to add any additional service in and out of washington for the christmas holiday. now to the roads. packed with holiday travelers. look at. this a live look at i-95 at dumfries road. just a sea of cars heading away from washington tonight. 93 million americans are expected to hit the road for the holidays. so you might want to pack your patience if you're one of them. if you spent the day doing last-minute shopping, chances are you had a lot of company. going to show you the scene near westfield montgomery mall where there was lots of traffic, some long lines and also very few parking spaces. in fact, most malls are open extra late tonight and tomorrow night for all you procrastinateors out there. some major stores like macy's are also staying open 24 hours a day right through christmas eve. >> now a news 4 exclusi
on amtrak today, but the rail service reported no significant delays going in or out of union station. the rail service is adding cars to many of their trains, but they don't plan to add any additional service for the christmas holiday. >>> and to the roads now, traffic is still heavy at this hour. this is a live look at i-95 near maryland 100. cars moving at a snail's pace tonight. 93 million americans are expected to hit the roads for the holidays, so pack your patience if you're one of them. >>> it could be the end for jack's boat house on the georgetown waterfront. the national park service asked the canoe and kayak rental company to move out by the end of january. the man who operates the facility says he got a notification letter from the park service on wednesday. he says the boat house technically has no lease, but it's been operating out of the same location on the potomac since the 1940s. he says he plans to fight the request. >>> family of four is safe but forced out of their home tonight after a fire breaks out in montgomery county. this was the aftermath around 6:15 on ca
that will help us get there is a new tunnel, the amtrak gateway project, allowing this to add much-needed capacity for millions of americans who use new jersey transit and amtrak trains. this tunnel will also be better protected against flooding and provide an alternative route for when disaster strikes. it would help prevent damage like we see here to the hudson river tunnel that covers new jersey transit. you can see there are tracks visible through the water and it is a shocking sight because you do not know what kind of damage it carries so we must do this in a hurry. we also remember the storm is a sign of things to come. in this changing climate, the intensity of storms have increased making extreme weather like sandy more and more common. as we devote resources to recovering from this storm, we have to invest so that we are better prepared for the future. if we make these smarter investment on the front end, we can save a lot of money and heartache in the future. each of the witnesses here, including my colleagues at the table, from the region and our regional transportation
. truck driver gets the blame for a fatal amtrak accident. if he had acted just 2 seconds faster it would not have happened. stay for over 60,000 california foster children, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. everything's different now. sometimes i feel all alone. christmas used to be my favorite. i just don't expect anything. what if santa can't find me? to help, sleep train is holding a secret santa toy drive. bring your gift to any sleep train, and help keep the spirit of the holidays alive. not everyone can be a foster parent. but anyone can help a foster child. >> good evening again. we begin this half hour with news about north korea. yang fired long range rocket defying warnings from the united states and the quantityed nations. now you are looking at satellite pictures of the rocket launching facility. the launch demonstrates how north korea knew leader is pressing ahead with gathering the technology needed to deliver a nuclear war head on intercontinental ballistic missile. japan mobilize the missile defense systems and one part of the rocket landed in sea off
-speed carrier, which is amtrak. as you know, i have been one of the most vocal critics of the amtrak and its operations but i am also, i consider myself a proponent of high-speed rail, intercity passenger service, commuter and mass transit. what we want our projects that makes sense for the taxpayers and projects that operate where we have the greatest need and the lowest subsidies by the federal government for those activities. today we will focus on the northeast corridor. let me make a few comments about that. i have to say, the history of man track and attempting to provide high-speed rail has been a horrible history. maybe i can highlight some of the problems we have had. i do not want to focus just on the problems but you have to learn by your experience. the original intent to develop a high-speed rail, we came up with a project. we have had regional service in the northeast corridor, in the area from washington, d.c. to new york and boston. let me say i think it is critical we develop that corridor. not only the regional interest but in the national and interest. we have the highest
sale. >> amtrak to vacant buildings like these in california many wonder if the federal government should sell what it doesn't need. >> so instead of raising taxes that takes money out of the economy and loafers activity, we should look to sell federal assets. >> empty v.a. hospital in los angeles for $5 billion or part of the water front former military base in san francisco. both cases, politicians said no. they want to make sure they are taken care of. sometimes it gets in way of what is best for the nation. >> federal government is america biggest landlord. selling 20% of the empty or underperforming buildings would save $2 billion. you go through and clear it out. it's a matter of scale. defense refused to sell valuable public land adjacent to fast-growing city. without charging royalties like we do for oil and natural gas. selling amtrak could net $60 billion. the tennessee authority and the power would bring in more. commission could oversee the sale to overcome partisan opposition. >> the commission could look at all the federal assets. decide which were the most valuable.
$is $--$15 million for nasa's facilities? $336 million for taxpayer-supported amtrak without a detailed plan for how the money will be spent. some of the funding will go for repairs, money will also go to increasing capacity and future mitigation efforts. amtrak is up and running. amtrak is up and unking. you can go right over here not very far from here at union station and get on am trafnlgt it's not apparent why this fund something deemed "emergency spending" and including in this emergency package. further mitigation should be debated next year. amtrak loses billions of dollars every year. that's because we subsidize unneeded and unnecessary routes. the route on the east coast from here to new york, for example, makes money, but we cling to those routes that neither make money nor does anybody care to patronize. $5.3 billion for the army corps of engineers. more than the army corps of engineers' annual budget. d $ $5.3 billion, more than ther annual budget. included in the senate bill is $50 million in funding for more studies which will most definitely lead to additional
? things like amtrak. would you buy? or real-estate. we are crunching the numbers next to the take a look at today's winners and losers. adam: 30 past the hour every 15 minutes, lauren simonetti is on the floor of the new york stock exchange. the dow is trying to hold on to 13,000 with exactly eight trading hours left in 2012. we are accelerating to the downside. to quote gerri willis, she said oh when i pointed out we picked up speed to the down side. gerri: we will have a similar remark to the final trading hour. he is joining us -- is this a oh kind of day, >> because there has been no news, like of participation in this marketplace is abysmal so don't read much into it but if you are looking for benchmark 13,000 is doable. >> we will see a pop? >> we hope for one of the clowns -- i mean congress and to give something that will give us the balance we usually get at the end of the day. >> that is why we are complete, adam shapiro, back to you. adam: so many things on would like to say. thank your guest very much. he got a big smile on of me. we will make sure your money is safe and soun
that subsidized by the federal government. it is an amtrak line. people on that line that uses and lots are advantage by all of the taxpayers. >> thank you for being here today. i yield back. >> thank you you have earned many happy birthdays. i want to commend you and this administration. you got to start it. you moved us off the dime. you've got 151 projects. they are all obligated. yes you have some states divided. when they are divided, i think you're doing the right thing. take back the money. you get a bonanza of other jurisdictions. there will be many other states that moves forward. this is a country of jurisdiction. some will come later. those succumb early will be ahead. i indicated when we began that my concern is the best way to produce something so it shows that we can in fact move forward quickly with high-speed rail. this name on this project about a train to nowhere is unfortunate. i think this has a lot to do with the fact that we are a federation of states. many high-speed rail throughout the united states. so the administration starts in strategic places. yet so if one
museums and amtrak and oh, yeah, salmon fishing in alaska. just what we need. so let's talk about this with wisconsin republican senator and budget committee member ron johnson. senator johnson, i just want to read off a couple to you. i just love this. $60 billion bill. $8 million for cars and furniture for the fbi. $150 million for salmon fishing, $57 million to clean up tsunami debris from 2011, $336 million for the amtrak program that's never been done. what is going on here? the people in new york who are still suffering need direct assistance. none of this is direct assistance. >> hello, larry. of course what's going on is business as usual here in washington. listen, i think there's bipartisan support to realize that this is emergency. we want to get money flowing to the people that need it. but let's get some information. let's not create a christmas tree here and load it up with all kinds of different ornaments. let's take a look at what the true need is, short term and then longer term. and let's do this in a measured fashion. so from my standpoint, i think it makes an a
our kids play, and one is the right to carry guns on amtrak. i assume that's to stop the rash of train robberies which stopped back in the 1800s. this is ridiculous. >> did you talk to him about this before you endorsed him? >> he knows my views. i didn't talk to the president or to mitt romney just before i decided to endorse barack obama. and i said in my endorsement that i endorse barack obama because i think his views on issues like this are the right views. but the president has to translate those views into action. his job is not just to be well-meaning. his job is to perform and to protect the american public. >> there is -- and i'm not advocating the position, but i'm playing devil's advocate as you know. the position that after a tragedy like this, the debate immediately seems to move in many quarters to gun control. as opposed to looking at sort of wider causes. after the aurora shooting at the movie theater this summer, i had governor hickenlooper of colorado on the program. and he was making the point that, yes, he used an assault rifle, but, you know, had he not had that h
. >>> transportation officials are blaming faulty brakes on a truck for a deadly crash in nevada involving an amtrak train bound for emeryville. six people including the truck driver were killed in this crash last year about 80 miles east of reno. investigators today said the semi skidded 300 feet into the train. the national transportation safety board also conclude the driver may have been distracted but say there wasn't enough evidence to include that in its report. >>> new at 7:00, the repair of a lafayette sink hole is now on a fast track. we're learning the repairs are only expected to take a matter of days now, not months. live near the now-closed mountain view drive with de tails on a deal with one contractor that will speed up that job. lorraine. >> gasia, this lafayette neighborhood has dealt with a huge sink hole here since december 2nd. you can see crews right now hard at work. the good news is what they thought would take months is expected to be repaired just in time for christmas with the help of a well-known contractor. >> instead of christmas joy, construction noise. it's been a bus
for a fiery crash involving a truck and an amtrak train last year. 6 people died in that accident in nevada. the ntsb said yesterday the truck driver killed in the crash didn't notice the train. the driver could have been distracted by ankle pain or a cell phone. officials also say weak train walls likely contributed to the death. >>> the man charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in new york city back in 1979 is expected to be arraigned today. etan patz disappeared walking to a bus stop on the way to school. 51-year-old pedro hernandez was arrested for the crime. despite confessing, he is expected to plead not guilty. the defense says their case will revolve around hernandez's mental state. >>> michigan governor rick snyder signed right to work legislation into law making it the 24th state to do so. it came after thousands of union supporters protested at the capital. right to work makes it illegal to require workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment. >>> today president obama will hold a conference call with some of the nation's mayors and community leaders all ab
and it's $47 and they make a couple of extra stops. the other alternative would be amtrak that's kind of a bus- train combination, $58, but it takes 10 hours to get there. and then if you want to fly pick southwest for that day you can get a flight for $151, it's only 54 minutes. so it's another alternative if you are on a budget and you have to get home for the holidays going to l.a. you have a little time you want to save a buck, megabus, all right? back to you guys we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,, oh, you have a keurig vue brewer? oh, it's great! now i can brew my coffee just the way i love it. how do you do that? well, inside the brewer, there's this train that's powerful enough to carry more coffee and fresh water to make coffee that's stronger and bigger... and even hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew the coffee you love -- stronger, bigger, or hotter -- we're working on for the 6:0 news. amid a surge in crime - yet another problem for san jose >>> here's what we're working on for the 6:00 news tonight. amid a surge in crime, yet another problem for san jose polic
was struck by an amtrak train and emmitt and rebuild. there are pictures of the accident here. the driver of the car apparently became stuck on the tracks causing the crash. the driver abandoned his vehicle prior to the collision and as i was unable to stop in time before colliding with the occupied vehicle. this all happened around 6:00 yesterday evening at the intersection of salman and 67th streets. >> new information this morning on the deadly mall shooting near portland oregon. the masked gunmen who opened fire 22 year-old jacob tyler roberts appears that acted alone and a random rampage. he recently quit his job, sold all his belongings and told friends he was moving to light. here's video from the scene. we also learned that roberts used a semi-automatic rifle that he stole the day before the shooting from someone he knew. he killed two people and wounded a third before he took his own life. investors raiders say robert's had no significant criminal history. police have arrested >> police have arrested three people in connection with the fatal stabbing a 17 year-old former football
of caution allocation needs to be done between the state, amtrak and the federal government. >> will you be projecting the cost savings of any anticipated improvements in those facilities in the absence of the northeast corridor buildout? >> you know, i think what we've all been doing as a standalone state as part of the quarter is looking at what those cost savings are. for example, in new york we just instituted a major way of doing business on the service between poughkeepsie and schenectady, new york. it was a wonderful collaboration with amtrak and the state as to how those costs are allocated. and those other things we will continue to be doing. >> so that won't necessarily be broken out in terms of potential federal savings of federal offsets, investment? >> you know, i think the challenge that we're facing is, you know, first and foremost we are talking 150 billion here, and we see significant capital investments that need to be made. so one of the primary questions that needs to be answered is, how are those, what other funding sources to make those capital investments. and what
to president obama's request for 32 million to repair from the amtrak rail system it will be more than 10 ford to $346 million to cover operating costs. 53 million for fishery disasters. hopefully it will help with shin hook salmon. money in the bill could be used to clean up debris on the coast that rippled over from the 2001 tsunami in japan. nearly 9 million for the department adjusted and homeland security. the senate bill bypassed the committee process and is going straight to the floor where harry reid says he hope to do speed the bill through the chamber quickly but in the house they are crap belling with the size of the bill and the fact that they haven't found a way to offset the cost. we will keep you posted. >> diane macedo fox business network. >> we will have more coming up on fox and friends. >>> the time 48 after the hour. next on "the rundown"" one woman in pittsburgh. this is a cool story. she gets a gift from a complete traininger inspired the newtown tragedy. >> only a week left before christmas but there are plenty of ways to save on your shopping. andrea warick is up next
like amtrak to california. is it time for the federal government to sell what they don't need? >> instead of raising taxes that takes money out of the economy and lower economic activity we utto look at selling federal assets. >> like the va billions . both cases pol tiddingses said no. >> congressman representing the district and they want to make they are taken care of and sometimes that may get in the way of what is best for the next. >> the federal government is america's biggest landlord and selling 20 percent of the empty or unperforming buildings stave two billion. >> you go to the garage and clear it out. the government is it no defendant. >> they refuse to sale valuable public land . let mining companies take billions for free . without charging royalties like we do for oil and natural gas. two taxpayer owned utilities and power would bring in more. a commission could over see the sale to overcome partison op. >> looking at all of the federal assets and decide which is available and now realistically. dysfunctional as the federal government is. few expect the administ
more friendly to gun owners than gun control advocates. he allowed guns on amtrak trains and allowed guns in national parks. he gave lip service to getting this ban back in effect. so you have to wonder now because the tone of the country because of sandy hook whether he will actually do something or not. but this has not been on his agenda his first term. >> that assault weapons ban, there were a lot of loopholes. maybe there won't be as many loopholes. >>> move along, the sandy hook tragedy has him on a mission to get more guns off the streets, steven barton was in colorado when he was shot during the movie theater massacre. he happens to live in connecticut just a few miles from newtown and he's hoping the school shooting will bring about change. >> our country is long overdue for a serious discussion about guns
make the trip in eight hours. it would take amtrak 30 hours. in los angeles, people lined up to turn in their guns. find out why when we come back. ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ thank you. >> axelrod: today, los angeles responded to the newtown tragedy by starting their gun buyback sooner. they needed two sprawling sites including a sports arena. >> they're hunting rifles. >> reporter: angela atkins came to the los angeles gun buy-back with two hunting rifles and thoughts of the children who died in newtown, connecticut. >> it was emotional. i cried. and i just felt like those were everybody's children. >> reporter: so you're getting rid of your only guns. >> the only guns, yes. i couldn't send them a sympathy card or anything, so i just said that's the best thing i can do. >> reporter: it was because of newtown that l.a.'s mayor moved up the annual gun buyback usuall
. >> a person on a bike was killed by a amtrak train. it happened before 11:30 a.m. the train left oakland 10:00 a.m. there were 92 passengers on board. the cause of the crash is under investigation. >> a man and his dog were killed in a hit-and-run accident this morning about 8:30 a.m. officers responded to a report of a man down. the 64-year-old man and his dog were suffering from major injuries. the accident is under investigation at this point, there are no suspects in custody. >>> more fuelrens today in #-- funerals today in newton, connecticut. friends and family said good- bye to benjamin wheeler. he was one of six funerals for the 26 students and teachers killed. funeral rangements for the gunman's mother are being made in new hampshire. >>> vice president joe biden met with officials to launch a new task force to recommend new gun laws. >> for anything to get done we will need the advocacy of the law enforcement in this country. >> joe biden is over seeing the response to last week's school shooting. president obama will push congress to enact new laws limiting access like those used
has more. >> reporter: at the amtrak station in new orleans, volunteers from nearby swidell hard hit by katrina are on a mission organizing and packing up pallets of diapers, shoes, and blankets. the second run of donations for hurricane sandy victims. residents and firefighters here paying it forward. >> specifically we were focused on trying to make it better for the kids up there. >> reporter: in addition to basic supplies, this so-called train of hope will be filled with holiday toys all bound for sandy's smallest victims. >> reporter: 30 hours later the train rolls into newark, new jersey's penn station. 27 pallets in all, half the toys go to the marine's toys for tots program. the rest end up here at engine 155 ladder 78 in staten island. >> our own version of the polar express. >> reporter: children of firefighters, kids who lost everything in sandy's wake get to pick out brand-new gifts. >> we lost a lot. he lost all his toys. so it feels good to be on the receiving end. >> especially during the holidays we know that there's a financial strain for the parents and we wanted to
fransend has more on the train of hope. >> reporter: at the amtrak station in new orleans, volunteers from nearby towns hard hit by katrina, are on a mission. organizing and packing up palettes of diapers, shoes and blankets. the second run of donations for hurricane sandy victims. residents and firefighters here paying it forward. >> specifically we were focused on trying to make it better for the kids up there. >> reporter: in addition to basic supplies this so-called train of hope will be filled with holiday toys, all bound for sandy's smallest victims. 30 hours later, the train rolls into newark, new jersey. 27 palettes in all, half the toys go to the marines toy for tots program. the rest end up here at engine 155 in staten island. children of firefighters, kids who lost everything in sandy's wake, get to pick out brand new gifts. >> we lost a lot. he lost all his toys. so it feels good to be on the receives end. >> especially during the holidays, we know there's a financial strain for parents and we wanted to make sure that the children of the storms were able to celebrate. >> report
in donations. nbc's michelle franzen on how they are making a difference. >> reporter: at the amtrak station in new orleans, volunteers from nearby slidell, hard hit by katrina, are on a mission, organizing and packing up palette ettlets of diapers, d blanket, the second donations for hurricane sandy victims. residents send firefighters here, facing forward. >> specifically, we were focused on trying to make it better for the kids up there. >> reporter: in addition to basic supplies, this so-called train of hope will be filled with holiday toys, all bound for sandy's smallest victims i. 30 hours later, the train rolls into newark, new jersey's penn station. 27 pallets in all, half the toys go to the marine's toys for tots program. the rest end up here at engine 155, ladder 78 in statin eye law and. >> like our own version of the polar express. >> reporter: children of firefighters, kids who lost everything in sandy's wake, get to pick out brand-new gifts. >> we lost a lot. he lost all his toys. so it feels good to be on the receiving end. >> especially during the holidays, we know there's a
and plan to arrive early to find parking and clear security. amtrak also reports no major delays for passengers tonight. people traveling by car, patience might be the most important thing to take along. there is congest shock along north -- congestion along north and southbound lanes but no major accidents reported at this hour. more than 93 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, according to aaa travel. what can we expect leading up to christmas? erica grow. >> we have improvement in tomorrow's forecast but today was a brutal, blustery day. peak wind gusts 43 miles an hour at reagan national. 51 at dulles and 49 miles per hour at hagerstown. we did have very strong winds. if you were watching yesterday, i told you we would see winds gusting above 40 miles per hour. 51 was the highest wind gust at martinsburg, west virginia airport. here's a look at your wakeup weather. it's going to be very cold tomorrow morning. good news is, those winds are really going to settle down. there will still be a wind chill factor because for the temperature betw
it remains in hospital. >> a car was struck by an amtrak train in emeryville after the driver of the car began struck--stucco on the train tracks. >> the driver abandoned his vehicle prior to the crash the train was unable to stop in time for colliding with an occupied vehicle. >> these are pictures of the crash. it happened yesterday evening around 6:00. third reports of any interest to the passage on a train. >> the track for cleared at 830 last night. the accident remains an investigation this morning. >> san jose police are investigating a suspicious death of a woman. her bafternooe intersection of sanford and dole and gifford streets. >> are cause of death has not been determined. if police decided was a homicide it would be the city's 45th this year. there is concern that recent spike in crime in san jose as a result of a police permit in august that. >> san jose is actively searching of more office and for new police chief. >> officials say it is a good idea for neighbors to get to know each other and report anything suspicious until police staffing is in place. >> governor jerry
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